Arizona Bans Direct Shipment of French Wines
Arizona recently passed a wine shipping bill that bans the shipment of all French wines to consumers in that state. Additionally, the new bill bans the shipment of Italian, German and Spanish wines to consumers in that state.
Collectors will also be interested to know that the recently passed bill, SB 1381, will ban the shipment of any wine purchased at auction from New York, Illinois or California auction houses.
Free the Grapes, The California Wine Institute and the Arizona Winegrowers Association all supported the bill that banned the shipment of these particular wines.
When you support a bill that bans the shipment of wine from out-of-state retailers, who are the only sources of imported wines and wines sold at auction, you support an anti-competitive, protectionist and anti-consumer bill that creates a black market in wine, denies needed tax revenue to states, and, as mentioned above, bans the shipment of the majority of wines approved for sale in the United States.